IBS link to refugee status

The incidence of irritable bowel disease in Palestinians varies depending on whether they live in a refugee camp or not, according to research which could have relevance to Australia’s increasingly hardline refugee detention policy.

Middle-aged Palestinians living on the West Bank were 68% more likely to suffer IBS symptoms if they were in a refugee camp compared with those who lived in urban centres, the researchers from the Al-Quds University Medical School in Palestine found.

Mixed IBS was the most common subtype of the disease

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